Linda Robson was inspired to lose weight by her former 'Birds Of A Feather' co-star Pauline Quirke.

'Emmerdale' actress Pauline lost eight stone last year and Linda has followed suit by dropping three stone in three months and says she can't believe they are both now a size 12.

She told Woman magazine: "When I was told: 'You're no longer obese,' I replied: 'I didn't know I was.'

"At my heaviest I was 15 stone, but I hid it well. I wore bias cut skirts and I always wore scarves.

"I used to be a size 20 on my top half (because I've got big boobs that I hate) but now Pauline and I are both size 12. How amazing is that?

"I joke, 'It'll be Lesley Joseph (who played Dorian in 'Birds Of A Feather') who's the fat one now.

"Now that I've lost weight, I feel so much better, much more confident.

"It takes me less time to get ready because I'm not trying to cover up bits of my body anymore."

Linda, 53, also revealed her daughter Bobbie is thrilled with her weight-loss, but has asked her mother not to become skinnier than she is.

Linda explained: "I never thought in a million years I'd be swapping clothes with my 16-year-old daughter - Bobbie says 'you better not get smaller than me, mum'."